Gesticare DHA Warnings and Precautions

If you have anemia or a bleeding disorder, consult your healthcare provider before taking Gesticare DHA. Warnings and precautions also include watching out for potential drug interactions and avoiding this prenatal vitamin if you are allergic to any components used to make it. A different prenatal vitamin likely will be prescribed if Gesticare DHA is not appropriate for your situation.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Gesticare DHA?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Gesticare® DHA if you have:
  • Anemia
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Gesticare DHA

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Gesticare DHA include the following:
  • Gesticare DHA can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Gesticare DHA Drug Interactions).
  • This product is usually considered safe for breastfeeding women (see Gesticare DHA and Breastfeeding).
  • Gesticare DHA contains folic acid, which can mask certain types of anemia. Thus,if you take enough folic acid, certain types of anemia may not show up on blood tests. If you have anemia, check with your healthcare provider before taking Gesticare DHA. This is not a problem with iron-deficiency anemia (a common type of anemia in pregnant women).
  • High doses of omega-3 fatty acids (like DHA) can increase the risk of bleeding, although this is not expected to be a significant problem at the recommended Gesticare DHA dosage. However, if you have a bleeding disorder, discuss this with your healthcare provider before taking this prenatal vitamin.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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